There’s a great range bikes at Argos or indeed any other major retailer or small bike shop. How do you know where to shop from and indeed which bike to choose?
It’s a little different when you shop for a kids bike. You are just looking for something that will be adequate for your child, until they grow out of it. The requirements change for adults. You are now looking for something to stand the test of time, that will provide value for money and be a pleasure to ride in to work every day.
This was also the question I received from a reader recently:
I’m wondering if you or your readers could offer some advice ahead of buying my first road bike. I’ve read your post on the best value road bikes but I’m guessing things will have moved on since it was produced.
My budget is £600-700 and it would be for a 5 mile each-way daily commute plus longer rides at weekends.
I’m a bit dubious about buying 2nd hand as I don’t feel I’ve the experience to know if I’m being sold a damaged or stolen bike. I could be convinced though if people can recommend a reputable and friendly local bike shop.
I’d love it if people could chime in with their recommendations in the comments, but in the mean time I’d like to delve further in to what Robert hinted on in his comment.
That is buying second hand.
I’d thoroughly recommend most people looking to buy a bike investigate this option. The truth is the value of new bikes drops dramatically the day you wheel it out of the bike shop. Instead, of buying new, I’d therefore often recommend shopping around and then taking the bike in for a full service at a local bike shop. The full service will probably cost around £100 but you’ll still be saving major amounts versus a new bike.
To find yourself a good second hand bike checkout our guide to second hand bikes.